Cremisan: Latin Patriarchate distressed in the face of injustice against Christian families
RELEASE – The construction work of the separation wall in the Cremisan has intensified at the beginning of April 2016. After excavators and bulldozers, cranes are now embedding sections of concrete, eight meters high on the land of this valley, that was once home of centuries-old olive trees.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem expressed its profound disappointment at the continuing work and reiterates its condemnation of this operation carried out by Israeli forces. The construction of a separation wall and the unjust confiscation of land belonging to Christian families in Beit Jala is a violent offense against the peace process.
The Latin Patriarchate, once again appeals to the Israeli authorities to stop the work, so that justice be achieved for the people of the valley. The International Court of Justice ruled on July 9, 2004, as well as the General Assembly of the UN, that the construction of the wall is illegal and demanded that it be dismantled. This wall is no justification to security as first pointed out a year ago, in April 2015, by the Israeli Supreme Court itself, giving rise to much hope at that time.
The expropriation of the land of Christian families is a sequestration of their heritage, which further contributes to the uprooting of Christians in the region.
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem